Lately I’ve been going through a season of helping people discern change. It’s been change of churches, change in jobs, and change in ministry assignment. It could be because I’ve wrestled through changes in my own life recently. I’ve learned God uses experience to help others going through similar experiences, so I’ve been more able to help people with change.
Anyway, recently I was listening to National Public Radio and heard an interview with a Canadian born, European artist Chilly Gonzales. Chilly is a piano player. I don’t know a lot about him, but I’m excited to check out his music. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.
The interviewer asked him a question that spoke volumes to me. I thought his answer was a great test to discern a change.
The interviewer said (and I paraphrase), “Chilly, you write lots of songs. How do you know which ones to record?”
Chilly’s classic answer:
“I wait for the one that won’t leave me alone.”
Wow! Classic. Genius. Helpful.
I instantly realized that was my experience with my recent change. I resisted coming to Immanuel, thinking I wasn’t a good fit for them, nor them for me. Yet, God wouldn’t leave me alone. The position wouldn’t leave my thoughts. I couldn’t get over the idea of being here.
What’s the thing that won’t leave you alone?
Could God be using the repetition of thought to draw you to His will?
How do you discern a pending change in your life?
Be sure to read the “related posts” on discerning change.